“(People) can come through (the museum) and see one hundred years of
our music and the heritage ... how it started, from where we got our
beginning all the way up until now... The great thing is, being in
Dollywood, we get to provide that for folks that really don’t know
anything about our music. ... If we don’t have partners to help us, we
really don’t have any income... Without that, we’d have to close the
doors.” – Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs), SGMA Board
someone donates to the SGMA, they are part of something amazing,
and that is to preserve the heritage of Southern Gospel music and to
keep the Hall of Fame open there... This music is changing lives. And
by donating to the SGMA, you are planting seeds and allowing us to keep
going and keep singing this great music. And also to educate
people...because I believe if they hear the music, they’ll love it.” –
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen
Peck & New River), board member
motto is ‘Preserving the Heritage.’ And that’s what we want to do.
We want to give thanks to all those folks who have paved the road for
younger artists, those who’ve madea mark in Gospel music over the last
so many years. And we want to be able to keep that going. And it takes
money. It takes a lot of work and time and that’s the reason why we’re
asking everyone to partner with us to help keep the music alive.” –
Gary Casto (Tribute Quartet), board member
“The Southern Gospel Music Association honors and
pioneers of Southern Gospel music – people who have made a difference,
not just in Southern Gospel music, but also in people’s lives. And the
museum at Dollywood has all the artifacts — it’s just unbelievable...
Giving to the SGMA is tax-deductible. But more importantly, you’re
giving to a great organization that not only recognizes the past but,
in my opinion, looks forward to the future as well.” – Richard Hyssong
you’re a fan of Southern Gospel music and you’ve been blessed by
it, then the SGMA is an organization that can let you participate in
the preservation of this great music. Wherever you go, people respond
to the messages in these songs. And I think that it’s important that
every generation beyond this one remembers the music. We want to
preserve what’s gone before us and where we’re at now and what’s coming
– and this is a way that you can actively do that.” – Mark Bishop (Mark
Bishop & Forget The Sea)
“I would just urge every Christian who loves this
music, who wants to
see it promoted to the masses, to be a member of the Southern Gospel
Music Association. What better way to spend twenty bucks and to be able
to say, ‘Hey, I’m not just going to say I want Gospel music to go
forward, I’m going to help it go forward.’ ... I think we’re here as
much to promote the future as we are to preserve the past.” – Jonathan
A special message
from Paul Heil
on behalf of the Southern Gospel Music Association
You and I
have something in common. You have come to this page because you love
good Southern Gospel music. Obviously, so do I. Perhaps
you grew up on
it. Perhaps you discovered it later in life. Whichever is the case,
this music is definitely special — as music, yes, but also, most
importantly, in its encouraging and uplifting Gospel message. That’s
why I always say Southern Gospel music incorporates “the greatest songs
about the greatest message, the Gospel.”
But if you
are truly sensitive to Southern Gospel music’s merit, you –
as do I – want to see it continue — growing, expanding
more lives with the Gospel. That’s
why I am urging you to help support
the Southern Gospel Music Association.
established in 1994, is best known for its Hall of Fame and
Museum, located at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This museum
archives and displays thousands of significant and fascinating
artifacts from a century
of Southern Gospel music, telling the amazing story of this great
musical style and how it has thrived and impacted millions over the
years. What a rich history it has!
Southern Gospel Music Hall of
Fame, a centerpiece in the museum, honors individuals who each
contributed their life’s work to spread the Gospel effectively through
Southern Gospel music. The names and plaques displayed there bring back
so many memories — fond memories of these personalities and their work
— individuals such as James
so many more.
the SGMA has been instrumental in introducing countless new
fans – both old and young – to Southern Gospel music. And that’s an
important part of the SGMA’s mission for the years ahead, too.
the museum is prominently located just inside the main gates at
Dollywood, welcoming more than a million visitors each year, many of
whom had been unfamiliar with this music. (Once inside the theme park,
admission to the Museum is free.)
personal support of the SGMA, for as little as $20 a year, helps
keep this non-profit museum operating – telling the story
Gospel music as no one else does, or
even could. Please consider
partnering with the SGMA to maintain the programs that have begun there
– and to build upon them for the future.
with the SGMA is
easy. Individual partnerships are just $20 a year. Here’s
how to do
- By mail:
Send your name and address and a check for $20 (or a
multiple), made out to “SGMA,” to SGMA
Partnership, PO Box 6729,
Sevierville, TN 37864. You could also send complete credit
information, including your phone number.
- By phone:
to sign up easily with your credit card.
Please call during office hours, weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
- Online: Go
and then click on “add to
cart” for either the one-year
or two-year options. Then click “checkout.”
You will be prompted for
the additional information needed. Notice there is also a “Lifetime
Partnership” option you may choose for $1,000 which would
be a truly
significant financial help for the SGMA.
would rather simply make a direct
contribution of any amount to
the SGMA, that, too, is an option. Just go to http://sgma.org
and, down in the lower
right corner of the screen, click on “Donate.” You will be
the information needed. Note
that contributions are
also contribute through the SGMA's new text giving number.
smart phone, dial 865-264-2258.
You then simply enter the amount of your contribution ($20 one year,
$40 two years, or a larger contribution, etc.). First-time
be prompted to visit a secure URL to enter credit or debit card
way, in return for your partnership, you will have an
opportunity to vote for future inductees into the Southern Gospel Music
Hall of Fame. From time to time, other benefits are made available, as
case, please get
involved today. Shelia and I are long-time
help to preserve the legacy and history of Southern Gospel music to
inspire generations to come, thereby helping to spread the Gospel
through this music we all love so much.
Perhaps you know of a friend who also loves Southern Gospel
and would want to help support the work of the SGMA. Please let them
know about this.
Please, if possible, consider visiting the Southern Gospel
Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is one
of the best museums you’ll find for any form of music! (The Museum is
open whenever Dollywood is open. Dollywood’s season schedule is here.)
about the SGMA is available on our site here
and on the SGMA's official website here.
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